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.s. and more made in america products shipped overseas, the u.s. trade deficit fell sharply last month. the combination now has economists believing the economy grew in the last few months of 2012, even though data out last week showed the economy fell slightly in the fourth quarter. but a closer look shows some cause for caution. darren gersh reports. >> reporter: the december trade numbers were much better than forecasters expected. the deficit between what the u.s. exports and what we import fell 21% to $38.5 billion. and that means exports likely boosted growth in the last three months of 2012. >> so this is a good sign that exports were a little stronger than we thought when the numbers were first estimated and that is obviously a good sign for the economy. again, the economy is obviously growing way too slowly, but at least on this note, i think it will be revised upward. energy is a now a bright spot for the u.s. economy. thanks to new fracking technology, surging domestic production cut crude oil imports last year by 227 million barrels. but tt success was offset soewhat by imp
Feb 7, 2013 5:00pm PST
deficit for a second straight month in december, that is the first time since 1985 that the current account balance turned to the red for two consecutive months. finance ministry officials say the current account deficit for december about $2.8 billion. the trade balance registered a deficit of about $6 billion. exports fell 6.9% while imports were up about 0.8% from the previous year in yen terms. as a result, the current account surplus for the entire year of 2012 turned out to be the smallest based on comparable data available since 1985 the surplus fell 50.8% from the previous year to $50.2 billion. >>> and across oceans the president of the european central bank expects the region's weakness to prevail for sometime. policymakers at the bank decided to keep the key interest rate unchanged. it's at record low level to support europe's ailing economy. the members of the central bank decided the rate should be maintained at 0.75% for a seventh month in a row. european central bank president draghi said the decision is essential to support the region's economic activity which remain
Feb 5, 2013 4:30pm PST
. the congressional budget office figures the deficit will come in at 45 billion this ar, the first deficit under $1 trillion since 2008. that's projected to fall to $430 billion in 2015; that's about 2.4% of g.d.p. but the public debt is projected to hit 77% of the economy by 2023. >> countries that find themselves with very high debt to g.d.p. and then encounter economic problems or international circumstances to which they need to respond really find themselves in very bad and dangerous circumstances. >> reporter: so the budget trade-off remains: balanci near-term economic pain against long-term gain. darren gersh, "n.b.r.," washington. >> tom: a trio of companies relying on consumers had some mixed financial results late today but were greeted with mostly encouraging reactions with their stocks. we will have details from restaurants panera bread and chipotle mexican grill in a moment. but first, disney. while earnings per share were down from a year ago, they were better than estimates. tuna amobi covers disney for s&p capital i.q. take us through some of the details and really the mix of income
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was in a deficit by about $4.7 billion. the surplus in the primary balance is a key milestone in greece's efforts to restore its fiscal health. but the greek public is largely unhappy with the government's measures. major labor unions across the country are calling for a general strike later this month. >>> u.s. justice department officials have demanded $5 billion in damages from standard & poor. they say the credit rating agency caused losses to investors by giving high scores to mortgage-backed securities. department officials said they filed the civil lawsuit against the credit rating agency. they claim the s&p knew the housing market was at risk in 2007. they say they inflated their ratings of loans and other financial products to avoid losing clients. >> s&p misled investors, including ma federally insured financial institutions, causing them to lose billions of dollars. this alleged conduct is egregious. and it goes to the very heart of the recent financial crisis. >> the officials said investors trusted s&p ratings and suffered losses of at least $5 billion and they want that money back.